Thursday 11 August 2022

Book Tour Review | River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor | prettylittlewriter

ALONG THE BANKS OF THE BOGUE FALAYA RIVER, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.’



**This book contains some seriously fucked up situations, including rape of young teenage girls and the POV of a manipulative psychopath. If you may struggle with this kind of story, please do not read this book.


Thank you to Black Crow PR for allowing me to read and review and be part of the blog tour for this dark and cleverly sinister novel.


This book was a wild ride from start to finish. I really had no clue how it would pan out, and I went into it pretty blind n0t even reading the synopsis, so when we went into the mind of a sadistic and psychopathic rapist/killer, it really did shock me.


Although this novel was written by two people, you cannot tell, the story runs smoothly and coherently.  


We delve into the minds of a few characters, including Leslie, Dawn and Beau. Leslie is a strong and kind character, always trying to protect her sister Dawn, and knows her own mind when it comes to judging Beau and sticking with her own boyfriend even though her parents don’t approve.

Dawn was Beau’s puppet, a seemingly confident girl in every other aspect apart from when around Beau. Her character ARC was seriously impressive, and at the end of the novel, she becomes probably the bravest and strongest character of them all.


Moving on to Beau, the psychotic and incredibly entitled snob that every ‘high school’ seems to have (probably minus the psychotic though). He truly is probably the darkest and scariest character that I have ever read about; Weis & Astor have done an incredible job of creating a character that you cannot like in any way whatsoever; it doesn’t matter that his father is an arsehole and has probably suffered mental abuse, because whatever he may have experienced, does not justify any of his actions.

Most of the time his Father is telling him he cannot show his true side, and that he has a reputation to uphold (His father definitely knows most of what he has done before, especially involving the animals). His Mother is also not much help, seemingly an alcoholic, but this only occurred after an incident with Beau that scared her to drink.


Another part of the novel that I thought was incredibly well done was the paranormal side that included ‘The Woman in White’ and the rabid dogs that roamed the Abbey, a little bit of folklore which you’re not sure is real at the start, but as the novel comes to a close, you realise that it may be more believable than you think.


Without going into any further details in case of spoilers, if you enjoy delving into the mind of a psychopath, with some very dark and hard-hitting scenarios but with that YA-esque storyline to it, then this is the book for you (please note, this is not actually a YA book, this is 100% adult, with the storyline based in a school with teenagers at the forefront, which makes it have similarities to YA novels). 


As previously mentioned at the beginning, if topics such as rape or murder trigger you, do not read this book.


4/5 stars

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